Community seeks justice in Fong Lee shooting

Nou Kai Lee and Youa Vang Lee, the parents of Fong Lee, at Monday's vigil.

“We are not here to make accusations,” Michael Yang declared on behalf of the 500-plus community members who attended a vigil Monday for Fong Lee, the 19-year-old boy who was gunned down by a Minneapolis police officer. “We are here only to seek justice.”

However, after comparing the evidence that police had offered with the conflicting eye-witness accounts from nearby neighbors, Yang concisely stated, “We now have more questions than answers.”

Police say that on the evening of Saturday, July 22, Minneapolis police officer Jason Andersen and his partner on this particular occasion, state trooper Craig Benz observed what appeared to be a drug transaction among a group of people on the school grounds of Cityview Elementary in north Minneapolis. Still in their squad car, Andersen and Benz approached the group who then dispersed.

What the police neglect to reveal, say eye-witnesses including 17-year-old Pang Vang who observed the incident from her back-yard, is that the squad car sped across the grassy field and rammed their car into a fleeing bicycle, knocking down the rider who apparently turned out to be Fong Lee.

“It was like they were trying to kill him while he was on his bike,” Vang proclaimed.

According to police statements, a foot-chase ensued upon which time Fong brandished a gun, prompting officer Andersen to shoot Fong. In Andersen’s defense, a handgun was eventually found a few feet from Fong’s body. According to interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan, however, the gun had not been fired nor were any of Fong’s fingerprints found on that gun.

After he had invited himself to speak at the family’s press conference at City Hall, chief Dolan did show edited footage from the school’s three surveillance cameras to family members and a few selected community leaders.

According to those who saw that video, parts of the foot-chase are caught on tape but the camera pans away at the moment when officer Andersen shoots Fong. The camera pans back only to see Fong lying on the ground as Andersen and trooper Benz approach him from about 20 feet away.

“Because of the camera angles and because the incident was so brief, it is very hard to tell if Fong was carrying a gun,” Says Lee Pao Xiong from the Hmong Advocacy Coalition after watching the video. “It would have been much more genuine if we could have been allowed to see each of the three videos in its entirety, rather than what could only have been an edited version that the police wanted us to see.”

Revealing that the chief had specifically refused to allow the Lee family attorneys to also watch the video, Xiong goes on to question why chief Dolan was quick to divulge the content of the video to the Minneapolis Star Tribune immediately after he had strictly banned anybody else who saw the video to talk to the media.

“It makes me question the sincerity of the police.”

Questioning the police seems to be the ongoing theme for family members of Fong Lee.

They question why it took more than 12 hours for the police to notify the family of Fong’s death?

They question why the police refused to allow the family to identify Fong’s body until nearly a week had passed by?

They question why officer Andersen was put back to work after only three days of paid administrative leave, a bare minimum amount of time considering the scope and severity of the actions taken by Andersen?

They question why it took eight frontal shots (including one shot in the buttocks, apparently from behind) to take Fong down?

And above all, they question the contention made by police that Fong was carrying a gun that evening in view of the fact that no other witness, including the video cameras, saw a gun being possessed by Fong (and if so, why were there no shots fired from that gun and why were there no fingerprints found if Fong had supposedly pointed the gun at Andersen)?

“He was riding his bike that evening,” Fong’s father, Nou Kai Lee, clarified. “Where would he put a gun if he was riding a bike for more than 20 blocks?”

These are the kinds of questions that the police will never answer truthfully, says Zachary Metoyer from the Communities United Against Police Brutality, a community watch group dedicated to ending unwarranted police violence.

“Stay united and stay strong,” Metoyer offered. “The police will try to throw smokescreens to hide the fact that they are guilty of executing this boy, but if you stay united, you’ll get past the smokescreens and the deception.”

City Councilmember for Ward 5, Don Samuels, proclaimed to the crowd that he has unfortunately had to attend many murder scene vigils, but the crowd that had gathered for Fong Lee was the largest crowd he has ever seen, “Which has added great value to this young man and great value to the community that is standing up for him.”

As the chair of the City Council's Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee, Samuels tried to allay the crowd by offering that with patience and trust, “the police are doing their work and that the investigation will bear out the truth.”

While it remains uncertain at this time whether the Attorney General has reviewed this case or whether a full internal affairs investigation is underway, it is confirmed by investigations officer Meilin Obinata from the City of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights that their independent investigation into whether discrimination was a factor in Fong Lee’s death.

“If the police broke any of Fong Lee’s civil rights, it may prove to be a pretty big deal,” Obinata explained. “We take discrimination by a public employee very seriously.”

Though a courthouse may never pass judgment on this case, the court of public opinion has not only dug the grave deeper for Fong Lee, but has also found a shallow grave for the Hmong community as well.

Shortly following the shooting, the highly popular KQRS morning personality Tom Bernard has been quoted as saying, among other provocative statements that, “The Hmong community should apologize to the Minneapolis police department for demanding justice for a punk-thug like gang-member Fong Lee.”

Despite having only a misdemeanor “trespassing” charge on his record for what has been explained as his entering an abandoned home to collect pigeons, Fong Lee’s supposed involvement in a gang has been much overplayed in the mainstream media and by the police.

Rather than describing the uplifting show of support for the young man, WCCO News reporter Sue Turner took the angle that as a gang member, Fong Lee had put himself at risk, describing Hmong gangs as a “real threat”.

Pointing multiple times to Fong’s involvement in a gang, chief Dolan was not hesitant to weigh Fong’s past fling with the law as justification to believe wholeheartedly in officer Andersen’s account of what happened on that fateful evening.

Explaining why the chief allowed officer Andersen to go back to work after being put on administrative leave for only three days, chief Dolan clearly stated that “At this time looking at what we have, I feel I have adequate reason not to extend that leave.”

It was surfaced later, however, that officer Andersen himself has a blemish on his record. The Star Tribune reported that while in the police academy, Andersen was questioned about making a “derogatory racial term” while off duty. Claiming Andersen was a “stellar performer” in the academy otherwise, his superiors didn’t find the incident to be a cause for concern as an officer.

Whether or not the Lee family will ever find the truth in this case, the saddest thing about this entire ordeal is that they have lost a son and a brother. The Hmong community may have proven that they can rally behind their fallen, but in seeking the truth, for now, only officer Jason Andersen knows why he shot this young man dead in his tracks.

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  • He might have gotten away with murder for Fong Lee, but he will not get away from God. - by Eye.D Magazine on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:07am
  • There are good cops. For the bad ones kiss out kisses. - by Bee Vang on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:33pm
  • What is justice nowadays? - by Sonya Vue on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 7:21pm
  • You apologize to the family your the one who'd killed their son and why are you hidden their son body and not letting see it nor see the tape you cop are "wrong and covering up the evidence".. - by Dennis Lor on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:53pm
  • Beat him when he's not in his blue suit! - by Linda Corey on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:21am
  • Why haven't the cop kill himself? Why is that pig still around wasting good donuts. - by Jimmy L Moua on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:03pm
  • that was wrong doing to our hmong . - by May Thao on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:08am
  • that's just wrong - by Beng Thao on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:57am
  • ...even after all these years...my suggestion is "DO NOT TRUST A COP". Don't even bother helping them if they are in trouble, cause you can get in trouble for that too. It's not about race, it's about police protecting their own skin...regardless of who they are. There maybe good cops...and there are, but that fact that most cop wouldn't give you the light of day if they have an agenda. Again, "DO NOT TRUST A COP". - by on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 1:56am

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All I could say is.. What

All I could say is.. What ever happen, happen for a reason. If Jason Andersen did really plan all of these, it will come right back at him. It might not be now, but will happen in the future. RIP Fong Ly.

Judges and Minneapolis Police

I feel so sad for the Lee family. & yes they should not stop seeking the truth because those WHITE people are just hiding the truth. But karma will hit them in the ass. HARD! we cant turn to the jurers in Minneapolis anymore. They're WHITE! c'mon. and they are unfair. Listen to what is being said. The jury asked only one question and made a decision saying stupid Anderson was not guilty for whatever he did. Mann that some bullshit. Besides all those WHITE people who comments were negative upon us Hmong people. PEACE UP, INDEX DOWN! You stupid WHITE people can't think for shit(only to those who had made stupid comments). You dumb people--- look who's talking. YOU! So if you think hmongs are a real threat and that the HMONGS should apologize to the police ....PSSSH, WHITE PLEASE!! We don't owe no one no apology. Like i said the only thing you guys get is a PEACE UP, INDEX DOWN! and we arent no real threat---you just say so because you can't stand seeing your own kind being a threat too. SO PEACE UP, INDEX DOWN WHITE!! hahaha.

if fong was just a little whiter

if fong lee was a white boy and that crooked cop eat rice, this will been another chai vang case. we the mn citizen proud to have a white OJ SIMPSON

Watch the full length of the video

Looking into this case in thinking to myself, why not release the full tape? It now unclear to whether justice had been served or not. The tape will definitely show, if Fong's got a gun then yes justice has been served but if he dont then no it has not. Plain and simple, why make such a big deal out of it! This tape is the missing evidence, the unanswered question, and the justice that hasnt been served.

Time For Justice

This is a very sad and traumatizing event. It is something no one ever wants to experience no matter if you're Asian, black, white, etc. If this ever happened to anyone, I bet they would react the same way, but I bet there would be many many different outcomes. I send my sympathy to the family from where I am, I could not imagine the pain and suffering that these parents and siblings are going through. I hope for all the best and for justice and peace. Stay strong and fight for your son and brother. My first comment is that these people should keep pushing. It doesn't matter if the police officer is back to work, let him work, but keep pushing for justice, you cannot stop him from working because his superior sees that there is "no reason to extend his leave" since he also agrees that gunning down Fong was the right thing to do. Just keep fighting and pushing and showing the community that this isn't something that's going to be pushed aside, the Hmong people need their justice. When the Chai Vang case was focused on, it gave Hmong people the shock of their lives. It made it seem like Hmong people were the ones who were dangerous, but what about when 3 white officers shot down ONE Hmong boy, who had, according this the statements made, a gun that was never fired. How does the roles switch when it comes down to a white male, who is in fact a police officer who is supposed to uphold peace in the community. How does it make it any different from the Chai Vang case? Sure, the police officer did not shoot 6 people, but he shot and killed 1, and that should already be 1 too many and justice should be sought. Why does it take 8 frontal shot and a shot in the buttocks to stop a BOY from getting away? Yes I agree that if he hadn't done anything wrong he shouldn't have ran, but what if he was scared. Since he does have a record he probably knew he wouldn't be able to convince the police that he had nothing to do with it. I've known past "gangsters" before. They are not all bad, some are just trying to find a place, in the wrong place of course, but somewhere they can feel like they fit in. I've always learned in school that people result to gangs due to lack of sense of belonging and lack of sense of family. Does that not also relate to Hmong kids as well? I am I only learning what is related to the white kids in these communities that I grow up in? How can a Hmong boy who is alone be a "real threat" to anyone? Come on people, look at all the racism around us. Look at all the different gangs that are not even looked upon as bad. Take for example the KKK. They are a group that is a gang. A group that is fighting for white superiority even though they already have it. White people dominate but they want white people to be the only people, how is that any less of a "real threat" to ANYONE? Before reporters state that Hmong gangs are a "real threat" to the community they should realize that it's not the gangs, it's the RACISM that creates the "real threat". So there should be no pointing fingers to a group of people stating that they are the "real threat" because everyone plays a role of "threat" to someone else. As for the gun and the video. It can not be proven if he did or did not have a gun at the crime scene because the gun retrieved has no fingerprint of Fong's or anything to trace it back to Fong. Also for it to be 3 feet away from him? How does that happen? A gun can not fall that far from the carrier if he is shot in his tracks and he is holding it. The video also is not a reliable source because you can not see it from all angles at all times. I agree that the video provided could've been cut and edited making it seem as though that can not be of any evidence to seek justice for the family. This is the reason why many people can not get justice, because it seems as though the police department has a cunning way of covering up each other's tracks so that it cannot be traced back to them. The Hmong people have endeared many sufferings for too long. The Americans, gearing towards the white population, have since 30+ years ago claim to have been "allies" for the Hmong, but yet in events like these where are the "allies"? The Hmong "allies" brought us here they say, that's where they are, but look at us and our "allies" now. Where do the Hmong and their "allies" stand now? The Hmong is inferior to the whites because of their skin color. Why is that? As much as I know, the Hmong people were there in Vietnam helping those helpless American CIA Soldiers who had fallen in action. The Hmong people were the ones who risked their lives and their families lives so that the CIA could help fight in a war against communism. However, when they pulled out they did not help the helpless Hmong who had not arms to protect themselves. Where did the "allies" go then? To me, this seems like a repeating event. We the people who are supposed to be protected by our "TRUSTED" government are promised this and that, but what do we get in the end? We get the short end of the stick. This is why the Hmong people in this situation should fight for justice. Don't let them rest until you get your answers. Show people that the Hmong community will no longer sit back and take everything that's being handed to them. The Hmong people work hard for their lives. As well as many other ethnic groups who are here in America today. There is no need for anyone to apologize besides the police officer who has shot Fong dead in his tracks. Fong's parents should not have to apologize for wanting justice for their son's death. Those people who try to find every little thing to make it the fault of Fong should really look at the facts before they make claims. They should put their selves in the shoes of the Lee family. Realize that if it were their child they would seek for the same justice. No one would willingly let their child die thinking that it was the right thing to do with no evidence whatsoever as to them being involved in the "drug dealing" that had been going on. It's really painful to hear the white people bashing the Hmong for trying to find peace and justice. I hope they can find it in their hearts to realize that this isn't easy for the Hmong to do. They only want what is their right and it's their right to have justice. The constitution has many amendments of people's rights. If the Americans whose fore fathers wrote it do not follow by it, then what is the point of allowing it to exist? Why do we follow some and not all the amendments? This is something that should be an eye opener for all the communities in the twin cities and not just for the Hmong people. I hope everyone no matter what their ethnicity can help the Hmong work together to get justice and in return I'm sure the Hmong community will be willing to help others fight for their justice when the time comes. In the end, I want to state that I hope I have not offended anyone. I am not here to bash the police officers, the whites, the American veterans, or anyone involved whatsoever. I just feel like there are many questions, but there are also many answers that are available to help shed some light on this case. I do apologize if I have offended anyone because it was not my intention, but I do stand by my statements.

Not surprised in the least.

Not surprised in the least. Woo White people. And they have the gall to cry about policies trying to reverse the racism in our society geared toward the whites. I'll wait for the white keyboard warriors to respond, and tell me fanciful tales of how they're discriminated because they had to wait in line at McDonalds, or because they weren't good enough to get into their college, and it's somehow the non-white kid's fault. Meanwhile, I'll just see hundreds and thousands of cases of people like Fong Lee, and racist prick Anderson.

DFL Party Tactical

This Cop is a DFL Chairman, He will Not face Justices, He helped R.T Get is Job!

get away with murder

wow.. this is truely sad, the cops are getting away with murder..all i have to say is What Goes Around, What Comes Around. i hope mr.andersen ended up in a 2X2 cell for the rest of his life. Best wish to Fongs Family...

OMG;; i was so

OMG;; i was so heartbreaking to hear that this had happened to such an innocent guy...even though i dont have a clue on who this nice fellow is he seems to be a very very nice guy;; something should've happened to the person who had shot tthe poor guy...

This is tragic.

When will people see? That death is not ours, as human being to decide. To take one's life is not within the rights of humans, but rather than of God himself. And in the end, he will pass down judgment on to those who are responsible. May Fong's family find peace in this time of tragedy.

I love how ignorant all you people really are!

First, I am white. Second I am married to a hmong person. Third my kids are hmong and white mix.

I love how racist this shows the Hmong people being. In my 5+ years of being in a Hmong family with ties directly to Thailand, I have never witnessed as much Racial hate from ether side, as I do the Hmong side. Its really Hmong people who hate white people and not the other way around.

Now onto this Andersen, Fong Lee case. Why does this have to be dwelled up on Race?  A police officer shot a young man. The young man fled from the police officer, which a chase ensued, the officer states he saw a gun and fired shots.

I think its a little presumptuous to make statements about how many times you would have shot. Did the cop really feel his life was in danger (how would you know?). Most of these arguments are weak, and why the family lost the case in the end.

Wake up people, its not the white man keeping you down, its your self. Seriously, grow up and stop whining. Be happy your in America, using a computer, and the internet to begin with. And not in some remote forest village being rapped and killed by the Lao government. If you want to keep racism around, and have white people seriously start to dislike you, keep spewing YOUR HATE speech from your mouth. 

Rules Of Engagement

I think that these Police Officers should be fired and locked up for the rest of their lives for murder. Do these officers even know what the RULES OF ENGAGEMENT are? Did Fong Lee ever shot at them? In any way did the Police Officers ever felt that their lives was threatened? All I see in the video is a kid scared half to death and running for his life. Being in the military for 8 years I know that I can’t engage at the enemies until they engaged at me. This is why tax dollars are so high these days to pay for stupid ignorant Police Officers like these guys. Plus they even got a medal for shooting a innocent kid. What a bunch pathetic people running our city these days. A while back Chief Dolan even gave medals to those police officers that raided the wrong Hmong house up in North Side Minneapolis. Wonder how much our tax dollars paid for the settlement in that law suit. They need to get their acts right or we’ll be paying for their stupid actions for the rest of our lives. Open up your eyes people.

Wow...

This is so sad. So what if Fong Lee was a "gangster", we all in America have rights, and that policemen was probably down right racist! I'm really upset. They probably did edit the video. The policemen probably just shot him out of anger or however the hell he was feeling. No finger prints on the gun, that obviously means that wasn't Fong's gun, and he didn't have a gun at that time. May Fong's family find justice, and may he rest in peace.

man…wut i have read about

man...wut i have read about this is that yes.. the police did screwed up and why wont they show the whole footage of everything that went down.. the simple thing is that they are hiding something... and if they didnt have anything to hide then show it all... but wut can we do about it... this is america.. its now kurrupted with this crap.. no matter what happens this will happen everywhere and justice will be hard to serve... i will have my prayers out for the family...

Come live in our shoes and you will see what we go thru

Most americans live thrie lives with no worries, hey they get paid more than we do, they work office jobs we do hard labor just to survive. If i was riding my bike and a cop car comes chasing me trying to run me over, i would run. Cops these days are ruthless, what happened to serve and protect. Fong will have his justice and i am counting on that. That KQRS guy needs to apologize for being such and @$$. Have you live in a hmong persons footsteps before, have you ever sleep thru the night wondering what to feed your children tomorrow. My parents fought the vietnam war, if it wasn't for stupid American asking us to hide there crap than we would have lived in peace, In the american history about the vietnam war, you don't hear them ralking about how hmong people got their back, and now they forgot about our genorousity, our people are still dying in the refugee camps what do they do nothing. I am glad president obama got my letter, i hope that justice will be serve. My deepest apology to the Fong Lee family, at least they are handling it professionally, if it was me, i would have been in jail. I would of have gone after someone that they love to, i hate revenge but if i have to i will. But god forgive me, i will leave fongs families fate in your hands, for i know that even though we didn't see what actually happened, i know that god did, and for that, who ever is at fault will deal with the lord on judgement day, and i hope that righteouness will be serve.

Injustice

This event is but one in a long line of events where cops have over stepped there boundaries. Cops have more rights then me as a citizen, its a fact, but do they deserve it. If cops are there to protect use why do they love to use tazers, pepper spray, and even kill us if we don't obey there orders. My question is how many other families are out there that have lost a loved one to these tyrant cops. How many people have been illegally seached by cops. America can't stand for freedom and be unjust, as Americans we can not stand for this injustice.

Why did he get shot?

Fong Lee had a gun, was running from police, and got shot. End of story. You have a gun and run from the police, you're going to get shot. You think Jason Andersen just keeps guns in his lunchbox to put on people? You've seen too many movies. Fong Lee's death will hopefully be a lesson to other would-be gang bangers--don't carry guns and run from the police.

Rally

There is a rally on Monday, May 11, 2009, a week before the case is set to go to trial in federal court . WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS.

CALM DOWN

1FONG MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG TO HAV HAD THE COPS CHASING HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. 2 IF HE DID SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH TO HAVE COPS INVOLVED THAT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT HE WAS PROBABLE A GANGSTER AND IF HE WAS A GANGSTER THE N HE PROBABLY DID HAVE A GUN! 3 DONT TALK CRAP ABOUT KQRS IT HAPPENS TO BE A VERY FUNNY MORNING SHOW AND TOM IS AWESOME. THEY DONT SINGLE THE HMONG PEOPLE OUT THEY SAY THAT ABOUT EVERYBODY INCLUDING WHITE PEOPLE IF SOMEOME DOES SOMETHING WRONG YOU CANT JUST EXPECT PEOPLE NOT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First of all, whoever wrote

First of all, whoever wrote this crap at the bottom is dumb. Secondly you do not know what you are talkin about: just because the cops are involved doesn't mean the person is a gangsta... and Lastly... just becuz a person is in fact a gangsta doesnt mean he had a gun... watch da tape and then talk. Not all gangstas carry a gun. CALM DOWN Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 22:39. 1FONG MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG TO HAV HAD THE COPS CHASING HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. 2 IF HE DID SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH TO HAVE COPS INVOLVED THAT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT HE WAS PROBABLE A GANGSTER AND IF HE WAS A GANGSTER THE N HE PROBABLY DID HAVE A GUN!

Something smells FISHY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEuWOukaG_I Watch the Freakin' video! The [cops] are lying straight through their TEETH....This video is made public all over the internet, and it doesn't take an attorney or a scientist to SEE the COP had a gun, but the KID had NO gun or NO black object at all. If you can see the cop with his gun drawn, surely it would be possible to see Fong's gun...but he's running with empty fists! The gun found, just so HAPPENS to be in police custody at the same precindt. that Anderson works at! Busted! Anderson was a rookie, only 11months experience before this incident. Suppose we take the video at face value, there's NO GUN on FONG LEE, NOT AT ALL, YET the cop has his gun drawn as soon as the foot chase starts? That's the warning signal that the cop ALREADY made up his mind, "I'm shootin this kid, because I can get away with it." We all know that cops CAN'T SHOOT unless there is a VISABLE GUN or DRAWING for a gun in an obvious manner...If you run/resist arrest you can expect a 1.chase/tackle 2. taser 3.pepperspray...but not being GUNNED DOWN! Or soppose Fong Lee DID indeed have a gun, running with a gun would leave a big fat oily finger print. No prints were found! What-was he wearing latex gloves or some crap? No! How would you handle a gun to even stuff it in your waistband without leaving a print, DNA etc? The poor guy was on his BICYCLE! If some cops pulled up on the curb and i was on bike, I would run too. And why 9 shots? Here's somethings to consider: "Many of those questions involved the Russian-made Baikal .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun that Andersen and his partner said Fong Lee was carrying. Although they said he had the gun in his right hand, police so far have provided no explanation for why it was found three feet beyond the dead man's outstretched left hand." -Hmm, usually when stories don't match up, that means one or more people are LYING. In his right hand huh? Well not in the video! But wait, the gun was 3 FEET from his left hand? "And while Fong Lee was barehanded at the time, police crime-lab technicians couldn't find any hint of fingerprints on the gun or bullets. They also determined that no DNA or fiber evidence linked the gun to Fong Lee. " -Again, there SHOULD be plenty of prints and DNA...Unless he's wearing leather or latex gloves? It's too bad this crap has to happen. These cops are power hungry fools and not to be trusted, ever! This guy needs to be locked up not only for MURDER, but for basically tarnishing the badge, falsifying evidence etc. Rest in peace Fong...I feel ya man...was arrested at RNC and saw cops doing a lot of illegitimate stuff! Not to mention me sitting in a cell for 2 days with absolutely no charges based off false information, yeah cops love to stretch their "evidence"! we gotta thank the lord for every living minute we have on this earth, because life is not fair....

don't question authority or be shot

It's easy for you to say calm down- I myself am white, but we all know that KQRS is geared toward male whites with an unabashed leaning toward the sexist, racist and crude. While its upshot is a decent amount of humor, it also is geared toward the small town conservative populus and Tom makes no apologies to anyone who he sees as not sharing a vested interest with. Tom then gives himself a pass to say whatever he wants, as he grew up in "North Minneapolis". Well, NE Minneapolis technically, but that is way different as NE MPLS is polish and Germans. Real North MPLS is mostly minorities. Anyway, it's easy for someone to say "take it easy" but to do so in a case like this is extremely insensitive, naive, ethnocentric and ignorant. It just became aware today that the Jury has been told that the gun was likely planted by the rookie cop- all of you who have been supporting these corrupt cops should be ashamed of yourself and you yourself may come to question authority in a healthy constructive manner. Perhaps Fong Lee wouldn't cooperate with the cops or maybe he witnessed them commit a crime against another asian, why else would the cops go to such lengths to kill this kid?

know your fact.

to your fist question. the only thing fong did was i a group and the cops just decided to pick that group of kid out of the bunch because those were hmong kids. it said in the newspaper that the cop and his partner just randomly pick out that group and drove up to them to see what they would do and everyone decided to split up and they just randomly pick fong to follow. and i would do the same too if i were the kid. a cop pull up for no reason i would just walk away and if they follow i'll run. your second question. read the newspaper. they said he did not have any gang related problem on his history. so how can he be a gang? is it just because he's HMONG? only thing he did wrong was trasspass to a abandon house to get piegons. and i dont see anything of that related to being a gangster.

wats ur race

I think that you should be rethinking on wat you are sayin......adn calm down yourself for wat you are saying. KQRS is ok but tom has a majior issue on wat his attitudes

Now I can't really calm down

If you read the paper carefully, that poor little boy didn't do anything wrong, because Jason Anderson can't even tell the public why he was after Fong. You can't assume that everyone is a gang member just because they're asian or mexican, because you don't even know them. He didn't have a gun, the video proved and the gun that was there was planted by MPD. I do think that KQRS is racism, sorry to say, but this is not the first time that KQRS is being racist toward asian, mexican, and blacks. If you made fun of your own people it is funny, but if you make fun of other race, I'm pretty sure they're not going to like it. You wouldn't like it if some other race was making fun of Caucasian too.

I'm glad that you're married to a hmong

You can't really say that the hmong are hating the white people, because obviously you already know who is being racist here. I'm sorry to say, but you guys are keeping us down. If you look carefully, white men still get paid more then the other race even though they have the same job. If you go to the store, people will treat you nicely, but if it was me, it's a different story. It is easy for you to say that the hmong is like this and like that, but face it, you're white. You will understand it someday when your kids come home crying to you. I hope you understand that I'm not against you, but just letting you know how it would be if you're not white.

I guess you just never

I guess you just never understand what it feels like to be a minority.  Even though there are jokes about white people, they are still looked as the good people even if they do most of the wrong.  Minorities will always be talked about.  They do get blamed for more than you ever think.  White have more priveledges than any other kind of people.  Yea, Fong may have done some things that are against the law, but does that mean he is a gangbanger, or is that just what people say to make the story look like Anderson is not in the wrong? Money can buy lots of things and to cover your tracks with money is so easy to do nowadays.  There is only one story the police are looking at and thats Anderson's story. Don't tell anyone to calm down when you have not experienced what they have.

A little off

You are mistaken, anonymous, in saying that to take one's life is not within the rights of humans. It absolutely is if your life is threatened by the one whose life you take. However, I do not believe that is what happened in this case.

KQRS wants us to apoligize

KQRS wants us to apoligize huh? tom doesn't know a thing about us. i bet he thinks that we're just a bunch of people who don't know crap and we're drug dealing gangsters. i hear a lot of people hate hmongs, and i don't see a reason to shoot fong when he didn't even shoot back. is it our fault that america left us behind after they lost the vietnam war and we had to escape to america and grow up in bad neighborhoods?

Yeah, wth? Why does KQRS

Yeah, wth? Why does KQRS want us to apologize? He's white, and he won't understand what it is like for us hmong people to go through. First of all, Fong didn't shoot back. Second of all, that gun isn't even his. We know a lot of crap. that tom dude or whatever his name is-i don't give a crap-thinks that he knows what's going on? How is he supposed to know what's going on when he's not even somehow related? THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO FRICKIN APOLOGIZE IS HIM!

I feel that police brutality

I feel that police brutality has gone too far. The people who are suppose to stand for justice are abusing their own rights and it's a shame. I've heard that it's an illegal act for any police to gun down another person if they pose no weapons. Officer Jason Andersen should really have considered his actions twice before he pulled that trigger. It makes me sad, you know? Such a cruel world. Discrimination and racism and behind all that, truth is hidden for the benefit of others. But I know, we Hmong are STRONGER than what Tom from KQRS suggests us as and he SHOULD know we will NEVER APOLOGIZE. Although Gangs do pose a threat, I would hope that WCCO Sue Turner realizes he has discrimated against us. the fact is that many other RACES of gangs are still roaming the streets, they too, under the term "REAL THREAT" Many people may frown on us Hmong, but we have so much to give. Until then, I do mourn over Fong Lee and wish his family the best of the best. But I do wonder how Tom would feel after recieving a couple phone calls (on his show) from the people of the hmong society. Sounds interesting huh?

kqrs can kiss my .. we dont

kqrs can kiss my .. we dont talk s..t but he thinks he's got every right toO ..we need to Go to his work place and every other place to show this community THAT we dont need this and to let them know .. to set things right, an step up.in a protest that we dont need that sh-t .we have to do something about. so this ALL can stop..it has happen too many time with races comments.. even with chai vang ..with the stickers..NO MORE put an end to this!!!

Always, the Hmong community

Always, the Hmong community is asked to apologize for someone's actions or justice. If it was a caucasian, would they ask them to apologize? No. So there's no need to apologize. Even with the Chai Vang case, and I don't know why Mee Moua held a meeting saying that we apoplogize for vang's actions. His actions ae his own, not that of te community.

Well said, I am not Hmong

Well said, I am not Hmong but when I saw this guy Mee Moua apologize for the actions of Chia Vang I was outraged. Who appologized for Jeffery Dahmer, Charles Manson??? Even their own parents did not appologize. Everyone's action is that of their own...

OR

Or Timothy McVeigh or Terry Nicols, who apologized to all those innocent people that they bombed in Oklahoma?

I first would like to say

I first would like to say that this is a traumatizing event for each and every individual who are Hmong, as well as myself. I may not know this "VICTIM" but I know the feeling of being brought down for the color of your skin, hair and eye, and also for the background you have. This "CORRUPTED" Officer who was suppose to uphold the law took the law into his own hands by taking the life of this innocent person who was a son, a brother, an uncle, etc., to a family who will always be asking questions and wondering if justice would ever be sought. Those individuals who witnessed this horrifying incident, I AM ASKING..."PLEASE SPEAK UP!" Say something. I don't care for what ever color you are, but we must be the voices for those can't voice no more. We must stand up for those who have had their lives cut short because others feel that have the authority to do so. Think about it. "WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR CHILD?"

This is very

This is very horrible...especially if this turns out to be a conspiracy between the law enforcements. People will always questions if they are there to protect or to take matters in their own hands.... It's true what MARIE HER says...."PLEASE DO SPEAK UP..." we must voice those who can't voice anymore. It's wrong...and yes, justice will never be serve! ---- We shall never let the whites do us wrong! We shall never let unjustice bring us down............

Being a minority and a

Being a minority and a police officer I would like to chime in on this subject. When it comes to a police officer having a confrontation with a person who is armed, you do not have time to think twice. If you think a police officer has time to think about the color of someone's skin when that person has a gun, you are wrong. We train in split second intervals because our lives depend on it. While it is sad that a young person lost their life, the fact is that he did have a gun. Whether it was his or not is not a factor. Every day we make choices and each of those choices has consequences...some good some bad. The choice to hang with the wrong crowd and carry a gun can be likened to getting drunk and hoping in a car. Both have serious consequences that can cost someone their life. I am sorry for the family and the community in their lose, but I also have to say that everyone needs to put this in perspective. If the shooting officer would have been black would this still have been a racial issue? What is that officer was Asian? Instead of pointing fingers about this issue, each of the peope who are "demanding justice" should think of ways they can get involved in their communities to prevent things like this from happening again!

You are right but then again

You are right but then again Anderson and whoever that state trooper is was watching them from a distance and said they supposedly saw drugg exchange and what not so yea if he was really a racist asshole then he had all that time thinking of what to do while watching them supposedly deal druggs. But really i'm not arguing that the cop was racist.. Really he's a dirty ass cop who should have justice served to him. It dont take 7 bullets to take somebody down. Come on now, gangstah or not. it dont take that many shots to kill somebody. Fong didnt even shoot at him.. and hello his fingerprints were not on that gun so sup with that? If he was supposedly running and carrying what they say seemed like a gun why was his fingerprints not on that gun? Why was his body found down a slope at the school? Why did witnesses hear 3 shots pause.. a couple more.. than a few more???? You wonder why the other guys aint coming forward? Hello their boi jux got murdered by a dirty cop.. yu think they'd feel safe coming out? Its a tragedy that happened to Fong. And its a shame that the media is painting him as this hardcore gangstah member who was ruthless and had this long as history of violence and gang activity when its not the truth. But ain no worries... kuzz he aint forgotten.

I know this has been quite

I know this has been quite a awhile but this is to "Michael". Apparently you didn't read the report good enough because their was no confrontation between Fong and Anderson. We're talking about a teen who was running away from a cop who was pursuing him and then putting 8 bullets into him. I"m sure this was not a split second situation that have lead to his decision. If Fong did have a gun on him then why was there no finger prints. Whether the gun was Fong's or not it certainly proves that the gun was not pointed at the officcer and his so call life was not in anyway threaten. This could be a racial issue or police brutality. We will never know because only the person who has committed this act can tell. It is sad that we pay taxes to have these people to serve and protect us yet we are being victimized. But it is hard to tell a good cop from a bad cop because some are just complete asshole. My prayers goes out to the family and relative who has lost a son and a brother.